This website houses the guidance for staff in implementing the University Course Delivery Principles during the 2021/22 academic year (appendices). This guidance is kept under review and will be updated if and when new information becomes available or circumstances change.

The objectives of our approach to learning and teaching in 2021/22 delivery:

  • It needs to be high quality, compelling and respond to student needs/choices.
  • It needs to be resilient to changes in guidance and other operational challenges.
  • It needs to move us forward, towards our long-term vision for learning and teaching.
  • It needs to do the above within the existing resource envelope.

Our overriding aim is to deliver the best possible student experience and our approach to delivery in 2021/22 needs to build on learning from 2020/21 and bridge to our future approaches to learning and teaching. A course approach to student learning and engagement will be taken with course delivery models designed to engage students with learning, with the physical campus and resources and facilities on offer, through interactions with each other and with staff (digital and face to face). Courses will be made up of a combination of on-campus and online provision. The proportions of each across courses will vary. Teaching events that combine simultaneous on-campus and online delivery are not recommended unless they have proved to work well. Remote access to resources which support student learning will continue and where relevant be enhanced, e.g. TORS equipment loans; library services; remote desktop/apps.

Courses will need to be resilient to changes, including those arising from Public Health guidance, and deliverable within resource constraints (staff and space). Therefore, all course plans should be deliverable whether social distancing and space limitations are in place or not with as little change to the timetable as possible. Taught sessions will be recorded and made available to students in line with the Code of Practice for Recording of Taught Sessions.

The choice of module delivery will be academically led and ensure that, at a course level, the balance of delivery modes is optimised for student experience and success within the existing resource envelope. Within departments, course teams should consider which learning and teaching activities are to be delivered on campus and which are to be delivered online. They should then consider the student notional learning hours (10 hours per credit point) and tabulate how they are distributed on each module and aggregated for the course to ensure that all students have a credible on-campus experience.

The guidance has been structured into three sections, based on key activities related to teaching delivery:


Guidance for the 2020/21 Academic Year is archived on this site.


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